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dmbfan
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I went to the spa on friday and got a myofascial release and a detox body wrap.

Well, I felt fantastic the next day!!! I slid down the hill a bit, but still better than I was a week ago.

Anyway, wonderinng if other peopel have done the MFR? Do you think it has helped you?

All I want to do is stretch now


Don't know if it was that or the body wrap (I was in a warm cocoon for about an hour, so the heat may have helped too...)

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MFR has helped me tremendously to heal from multiple surgeries and scar tissue. It hasnt done anything for my lyme symptoms though. It could help with lyme, just hasnt helped my symptoms.

MFR usually hurts, is not at all comfortable and is not usually done in a spa setting for these reasons. It is very different than massage. Were they a trained and liscenced MFR therapist?

Whatever it was--so glad to know it has helped you!

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I loooove myofascial release! I had twice weekly sesisons of it for several months after a car accident and it really sped up my healing process.

If I had unlimited funds, I would be doing this regularly to treat Lyme (and probably cranio-sacral therapy as well). What's really important though, and I think trails touched on this, is that they are licensed and trained.

There are some very subtle, complex moves in MFR. The more your practitioner knows and the longer they've been doing it, the better. Someone less experienced in MFR will not be able to give you the benefits as much as someone who has more expereince and knows more moves.

One of the most healing aspects of MFR I experienced was actually when the practitioner worked on the roof of my mouth! Sounds invasive and awkward, but I (and she said many of her other clients do too) fell asleep while she was working in my mouth.

I think one of the reasons that MFR could work well in Lyme is that we have all this toxic scungy build up in our tissues and muscles from the Lyme offal. Releasing that could be really powerful, not only for pain but also for circulation and detox.

Speaking of detox, it can cause quite a bit of it, so I would be careful of that as well.

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LOVE it too!

I can't afford to get it done all the time, so made a homemade tool to get at the trigger points around my traps and scapula. Simple: take a pice of wood (~ 1-2ft in lenth, a few inches wide) and place a screw right around the height where your trigger points are. Then stick the plastic or metal knobs on the end of a curtain rod over the screw (the screw helps to keep it from moving; you don't actually screw the hardware in place b/c, ouch, the end of a screw is too sharp on the sides). Sit in a full-backed chair and press back into the knob, aiming it at the points. Voila, instant trigger-point-getter-outer. It really works well for me.
There's also a "myofascial release/trigger point cane" you can buy online. It curves around your shoulder to your back. But it would appear that you would then have to use your upper back muscles to press it into tp's in your upper back. Seems counterproductive.

Via a physical therapist, I also rent a tens machine. I originally had little faith in it, but it has turned out to help my pain and myofascial spasms quite a bit.

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Geneal
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I know that in order to do myofascial release, you need to be trained.

Extensively.

As a Speech Pathologist, I have been offered courses in MFR that last anywhere from two whole days

To a week on hands on training with a certified teacher of this technique.

I am glad you all get relief from this.

I have never been able to attend training as it is always offered out of state,

And I can't afford it. (Plus no babysitter)

Hugs,

Geneal

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It helped me when I was on Flexeril. Before that, it only caused my muscles to tighten even more. I'm about to try it again, now that I'm on Zanaflex.

So you know, myofascial release can be done by some physical therapists. So if physical therapy is covered by your insurance, you might not have to pay for it. So you don't have to go to a spa or a massage therapist for it.

Plus, a good physical therapist will teach you techniques to do it on your own and for stretching the muscles.

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Thanks Everyone!

The person I went to was well trained and used a specific method. It hurt but the good hurt.

She did show me some stretches to maintain what she accomplished.

Great idea about physical therapy and getting it under insurance. Totally going to look into that!

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Geneal
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Speech therapists are also known to be "certified" in this technique.

Hugs,

Geneal

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This was one of the most perplexing things to me b4 I learned about Lyme! As it made me soooo sick

afterwards! I would run a fever,feel absolutely terrible for a day or two following then would

feel great for a while! They kept telling me it was detoxing and that was making me so ill. BUt

dang!!!!!!!! Crazy! That was also when my lymph nodes were so wacky! So i must have

really been full of it then! Now I think they hide alot..come out and play, knock me down and run and hide.

I am way too old for hide and seek fellas!

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Myoficial release by it's self hasn't ever had much effect on my horrible muscle problems (that the Dr. now thinks is lyme) but if it was done after Myofascial trigger point therapy it made a big difference. I've been getting trigger point therapy for 3 years to keep going wile trying to find out what is causing all the muscles problems, it has laterally been what kept me walking & talking.

More info on myofascial triggerpoints (look under the Resources section)

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I go to a physical therapist weekly for this, and also cranial-sacral therapy. It helps immensely, and thankfully my insurance pays!

It was actually recommended to my by my chiro. Sometimes it's nice for one profession to recommend another instead of back-stabbing!

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